Anti Reflective (AR) Coatings Market Size, Potential, Industry Outlook, Regional Analysis (U.S., Germany, UK, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa), Application Development, Competitive Landscape & Forecast, 2016 - 2023
Report ID: GMI262
Global anti reflective coatings market size was estimated at over 320 kilo tons in 2013 and is likely to reach above 500 kilo tons by 2023. This market is likely to grow with an estimated CAGR of above 6% up to 2023. This market was worth above USD 2.5 million in 2013 and is likely to be worth more than USD 5 million by 2023.
Increase in protective coatings market demand from end-use industries such as automobile, electronics, eyewear, and telecommunications and solar is likely to drive anti-reflective coatings market.
Eyewear market applications accounted for more than 35% of the total demand in 2014. This application is likely to witness steady growth rates up to 2023 owing to growing importance of wearing high light transmitting lenses and glasses. These products on the glasses offer optimum comfort level by reducing bright sunlight glare and also help in eliminating unwanted reflections and adjust surrounding contrast levels which enhance visibility & helps in providing better night driving experience. Anti-reflective coatings spray is also used in eyewear applications.
Electronics was second largest end-use segment and is likely to witness significant growth rates over the forecast period. Increasing demand for flat display screens coupled with growth in smarthphone production is likely to support market growth. They are also used in semiconductor fabrication during photolithography stage. These products help in eliminating the reflective notch which enhances the lithography process.
Increasing installation of solar panels owing to conserve energy owing to depleting conventional resources is likely to favor anti-reflective coatings market growth. Government in various countries such as France, India and China are forming policies to offer financial incentives for installing solar power system to counter threat arising from energy crisis. Any light reflected from solar panel is light wasted. Application on solar panels helps in delivering better light transmission and curtails light reflection.
Increasing automobile production particularly in emerging economies such as China, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Mexico is likely to drive demand. Applications also exist in various automobile component manufacturing such as GPS displays, dashboards and windshields.
Low consumer awareness regarding usability coupled with stringent environmental norms on usage of certain raw materials is likely to challenge to industry growth. Increasing demand from novel applications such as laser and telescope is likely to depict potential for increase in its share. They are used in telescopes to eliminate stray light and enhance contrast levels of the image by reducing reflections.
North America was the leading regional consumer and accounted for a major chunk of the market share in 2014. Growing demand for eyeglasses, lenses and flat panel display screens in the U.S. and Canada is likely to favor growth in North America. Europe is likely to witness considerable gains over the forecast period owing to increasing number of solar panel installations and growth in automobile production in UK, France and Germany.
Asia Pacific anti-reflective coatings market is likely to witness highest gains over the forecast period. Government policies to install solar projects in the form of solar water pumps to replace diesel pumps for irrigation and also generate electricity particularly in China, India and Bangladesh is likely to favor demand. Growth in automobile production in Thailand and Indonesia is also likely to support growth. Asia Pacific represents the manufacturing hub, particularly with the presence of domestic Chinese manufactures.
Middle East & Africa and Latin America anti reflective coatings markets are also likely to witness significant growth rates owing to booming eyewear industry coupled with growth in solar power project initiatives by government of various regions such as Brazil, South Africa and UAE.
The global anti reflective coatings market share is moving towards consolidation as this industry is witnessing frequent mergers & acquisitions between large scale and small scale industries.. Small & medium size enterprises find themselves difficult to sustain under tough economic conditions. Key companies operating in this market include Royal DSM, Honeywell International, Carl Zeiss and PPG Industries. Other prominent manufactures include JSD Uniphase Corp, Optical Japan, Hoya Corporation and Essilor International.
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